There are all sorts of wonderful gifts available at the library’s pop-up Holiday Gift Shop! Photo: Submitted

There are all sorts of wonderful gifts available at the library’s pop-up Holiday Gift Shop! Photo: Submitted

CHECK THIS OUT: Holidays at the Nelson Public Library

Avi Silberstein writes about the Holiday Gift Shop

by Avi Silberstein

Great news: we’ve got a new pop-up shop at the library!

Located in the middle of the library, our Holiday Gift Shop is your one-stop shop for holiday presents. You’ll find neatly packaged bundles of books for every reader, Doug Jones’ centennial poster for the art lover, library cookbooks for the chef, a wonderful selection of cards and bookmarks, and beautiful canvas book bags (with a brand-new design on them) to carry it all home.

And here’s one more Gift Shop opportunity: you can make a charitable donation to the library as a gift in someone’s name and we’ll provide you with a gift certificate to give them. Or if they live in Area E and therefore need to purchase a library membership each year, you can buy them their membership as a gift.

The Gift Shop is just one type of giving you can take part in at the library. On this coming Monday, Dec. 13, we’ll be holding our annual Fines for Food Day — in which all fines paid will go directly to the Nelson Community Food Centre.

You can pay those fines at the library or call us and pay over the phone by credit card. This is a great opportunity to clear your library conscience by paying down those pesky fines while simultaneously helping feed your neighbours.

But that’s not the only way we’re collaborating with the Nelson Community Food Centre. Every year we team up with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) to run the A Book Under Every Tree program.

This year you, our wonderful and supportive community members, donated dozens of books for all ages. Those books were distributed last week at the Nelson Community Food Centre’s Festive Food Weeks. Thank you for your generosity!

We’re also grateful for the generosity of the many businesses that sponsor specific library magazines; the granting agencies (Columbia Basin Trust, Osprey Foundation, and others) that help fund our special projects; and our Friends of the Library group for their tireless fundraising book sales (speaking of which: they will be holding book sales at the library on Dec. 4 and 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Hi kids!

Want to participate in our Winter Challenge? Pick up a free booklet at the library and complete as many challenges and activities as you can (it’s filled with mazes and colouring pages and word searches, as well as outdoor activities, acts of kindness, and more). For ages 5-12. Enter for a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates to Otter Books!

Avi Silberstein is the Children’s Librarian at the Nelson Public Library. Check This Out runs every other week. If you’re interested in learning more about library programs and services, sign up for our monthly newsletter on our website or by giving us a call.